Assessment Information 

Subject Code: ACCM 4600
Subject Name: Accounting Theory and Contemporary Issues
Assessment Title: Individual case study
Weighting: 50% of overall subject mark; please note that you must pass the final exam (50%) to successfully complete this subject.
Total Marks: 50 Marks; Part 1- 10 marks and Part 2 – 40 marks
Due Date:

Part 1 – 10 Marks: due Monday 11 December 2017 (week 5)

Part 2 – 40 Marks: due Monday 22 January 2018 (week 10)                     

Assessment Description

Subject Learning Outcome 1:

Research and argue a position in regard to a contemporary issue in the accounting profession


The written assignment will need to be submitted electronically through the student portal – use the link under “Assessments” to submit the information via turnitin. (The portal will close at 19.55 AEST – Please note to adjust for the time difference if needed)


Write a report based on the assignment details noted below. Your final report (Part 2) should be approximately 3000 words not including references, abstract and appendices. You should include a word count on your report. Submissions that exceed the word count by more than 10% will cease to be marked from the point at which that limit is exceeded.

The Assignment is designed to test the following skills:

1) Your knowledge, your ability to research the issues and then critically analyse the information appropriately using judgement to answer the research questions

2) Your communication skills – report writing

Please make sure you follow the guidelines noted in your subject outline especially those relating to presentation of written work, late policy and academic integrity. You should also familiarise yourself with the assessment marking rubric (a separate document) to guide you in how you can score marks.

Individual Research Assignment – Case Study

 Case Study Details: 

You work for a large consulting firm.

Several of your clients are accounting practices who are interested in the possible opportunities and threats generated by artificial intelligence (AI).

Some feel that AI may threaten their current business models whereas others believe that it presents opportunities to provide services to clients more efficiently.

As you are a recent accounting graduate your manager has tasked you with writing a draft report on AI as it may impact on accounting businesses. The report will be available to clients and used a marketing tool to showcase the skills of your consulting firm.

The key elements of your report should be understandable to both accountants and non-accountants (the boards of the accounting firms often include non-accounting professionals).

Your manager has requested that the report contains (but is not necessarily restricted to) responses to the following aspects (as they impact on accounting):

  • What is AI?
  • How has technology changed the work of accountants in recent decades?
  • Opportunities from the use of AI
  • Threats from the use of AI

It is important that your report comes to some clear conclusions and make some practical recommendations for accounting practices to follow.

You are aware of some excellent literature on the topic of artificial intelligence that you will also incorporate in this report. You can include any information in the report which you think will assist your clients to better understand this important topic. You must support your arguments and hence use at least ten resources to inform your discussion. The library databases ( will provide many useful journal articles on this topic.

After you have submitted the report plan (Part 1) to your manager, they will provide some feedback on your work to assist you with the final report (Part 2).

In Part-2, your manager is keen that you include a response to their feedback at the end of your report, after the references. You must outline how you were able to reflect on this feedback, and on any areas for improvement you identified yourself, in order to enhance your final report.

Individual Research Assignment – Case Study


 You need to provide this information requested above in a report format in two stages as outlined below.

Part 1: 10% due week 5 – Evaluating information resources and research plan – detailed instructions:

  •  Based on the above scenario, answer the following questions:What is the purpose of your report?

What is the audience for your report?

What are the (key) decisions to be made?

What information would help you to make these decisions?

When you search for relevant information (in a database for example) what keywords will/are you using?

  • Identify 10 sources relevant to the project (e.g. journal articles, textbooks, websites etc.). At least 4 of these must be academic journal articles but there should be a variety of different sources
  • Complete a source analysis on 3 of the 10 sources with full bibliographic references. At least 2 of these sources must be academic journal articles. Refer to the source analysis
  • Provide a full plan of main and sub headings of the report (include appropriate numbering).

Resources to help you understand these requirements and in particular the source analysis template are provided on Moodle, including explanatory documents, marking rubrics and slides (which accompany a presentation by your lecturer in week 2).

The Part 1 word limit is 1500 words.  
Part 2: 40% due week 10
Final Business Report 40% comprising –

Business report technical content



Business report format, language and presentation 10%

Note: The Assessment Rubric or marking rubric is a separate document and you are advised to read through it to obtain guidance on how the lecturers will mark your assignment. A summary of the mark allocation is given below:

Summary of Marks:

Technical Skills – content                                                               30 Marks

Professional Competency Skills

Report Writing Skills:

Feedback response, Format, Language and Presentation    10 Marks

Evaluating information resources and research plan             10 Marks

Assignment Mark                                                            50 Marks

 The Part 2 word limit is 3000 words.

Please note that you need to pass the final exam (assessable value 50%) for this subject, to successfully complete it.

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